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Retro Review: 1980-’81 Z28 Camaro

'80 Z action (best)

Arguably, the best second-generation Z28s were the first – and the last. While the Z’s sister car – Pontiac’s Trans-Am – rose to the occasion several times during the lowest points of the middle-late 1970s (examples include the ’73-74 SD-455, the most powerful Trans-Am ever made – and made at a moment when power –…

2014 Chevy Silverado

2014 Silverado lead

Trucks are honest things. Or at least, they ought to be. Straightforward. Functional. Get the job done. Hold the frou frou – please. The just-redesigned GM 1500 series trucks embrace that ethic – and are a sharp counterpoint to their (and every full-size truck’s) chief rival, the Ford F-150. No overhead cam, “EcoBoosted” multi-turbocharged flapdoodle.…

2014 Chevy Cruze Diesel

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I’m not sure what to think of the new Chevy Cruze diesel. On the one hand, it’s very appealing: EPA says 46 on the highway (I got close to 50 a couple of times). It’s also quicker to 60 than any gas-powered Cruze. And it’s quiet, doesn’t smoke – or stink. On the other hand,…

Chevy’s Better Beetle

The Chevy Corvair has something of a bad reputation – among those who don’t know much about it, anyhow. Arguably GM’s most daring (and technologically advanced) car of the 1960s, it fell victim to a combination of bad press – and bad timing. As a six-cylinder car in an era of big V-8s, it got…

2013 Chevy Malibu “Eco”

The new Chevy Malibu was one of the earliest 2013 models to become available during early 2012 (I drove one back in April). It’s new in another way, too: It’s no longer available with a V-6 upgrade – but does offer an automatic engine stop-start function, just like a hybrid. There is also a battery…

2013 Chevy Malibu Eco

The 2013 Chevy Malibu is the first “normal” car to come standard as a hybrid car. Two non-hybrid versions will be arriving later this summer, but for the moment, if you want a Malibu, you’re looking at a hybrid Malibu Eco. It’s an interesting strategy. But is it sound policy? One of the Malibu’s target…

2012 Chevy Silverado 1500

There are three main players in the 1500 series pick-up market: Chevy’s Silverado, the Ford F-150 and the Dodge Ram 1500. Why choose the Chevy? I can come up with two pretty solid reasons: Its Corvette-descended family of overhead valve (OHV) V-8s are proven performers – powerful, durable and much simpler in layout – and…

2012 Chevy Camaro SS

Back in 1987, I was very happy with my 1980 Z28 – which had less than half the horsepower of the 2012 Camaro SS I just spent a week with. Ye gods, the base 2012 V-6 Camaro puts out 133 more horsepower than my old 350 V-8 Z28. And despite having twice the power of…

2011 Chevy Aveo

Sometimes, second-best can be the smarter choice. It all depends on what you’re after. The Chevy Aveo, for example. It’s not the highest-mileage economy compact on the road. That honor goes to the 40-plus MPG  (on the highway) 2011 Ford Fiesta. But the Fiesta starts out about three grand higher  (for the hatchback; the sedan…

Plug in – and pay up?

Will plug-in hybrids save us from $3 per gallon fill-ups – or at least, ease the pain a little? The hype about these vehicles – which differ from the current crop of gas-electric hybrids in that they can run on pure battery power for longer and, when their batteries run down, can draw power from…